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END OF THE WORLD

WHAT IF OUR JOBS AREN’T THE ONLY THINGS THE ROBOTS WANT?

ELON MUSK is a household name. The South African-born billionaire can seemingly pioneer anything: PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, and (maybe) the Hyperloop. He’s an engineer and a marketer, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak rolled into one. And he’s always great for a quote because he’s photogenic, telegenic, and technogenic.

But there’s one technology he’s deeply scared of: artificial intelligence. “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization,” he warned a meeting of the

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